OPEN DAY AT THE MEMORIAL 22 JUNE 2003

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Rev. David Hanwell conducting a thanks giving service at the Memorial at the same time as a service was being held by the 7th Armoured Brigade in Basra Iraq

Rev. David Hanwell conducting a thanks giving service at the Memorial at the same time as a service was being held by the 7th Armoured Brigade in Basra Iraq

Men of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment who had just returned from Iraq

British Legion Marching Display Group

British Legion Marching Display Group

Rev. David Hanwell conducting a thanks giving service at the Memorial at the same time as a service was being held by the 7th Armoured Brigade in Basra Iraq

Rev. David Hanwell conducting a thanks giving service at the Memorial at the same time as a service was being held by the 7th Armoured Brigade in Basra Iraq

Men of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment who had just returned from Iraq

British Legion Marching Display Group

British Legion Marching Display Group

British Legion Marching Display Group

British Legion Marching Display Group

British Legion Marching Display Group

Bren Gun Carrier used in WWII to tow 6 Pounder Anti Tank Gun

Bren Gun Carrier used in WWII to tow 6 Pounder Anti Tank Gun

British Legion Marching Display Group British Legion Marching Display Group British Legion Marching Display Group Bren Gun Carrier used in WWII to tow 6 Pounder Anti Tank Gun Bren Gun Carrier used in WWII to tow 6 Pounder Anti Tank Gun

Lt. Tom (Conkey) Harland DCM with walking frame commander of "Little Audrey" Sept 1944 to end of WWII with his gunner Les Dinning, Memorial founder at the cutting of the tape of the easy access path. 

The first interpretation board at the start of the easy access path.

2nd Interpretation Board describing Didlington Hall used as the HQ for 7th Armoured Division. The easy access path straight on leads to the Naafi, and leading into the forest to the left.

Easy Access Path Leading from NAAFI to Cookhouse. 

Easy access path leading from 2nd Interpretation Board into forest towards Shakers Wood.

Lt. Tom (Conkey) Harland DCM with walking frame commander of "Little Audrey" Sept 1944 to end of WWII with his gunner Les Dinning, Memorial founder at the cutting of the tape of the easy access path.

The first interpretation board at the start of the easy access path. 2nd Interpretation Board describing Didlington Hall used as the HQ for 7th Armoured Division. The easy access path straight on leads to the Naafi, and leading into the forest to the left. Easy Access Path Leading from NAAFI to Cookhouse. Easy access path leading from 2nd Interpretation Board into forest towards Shakers Wood.
7th Armoured Division HQ Interpretation Board set on concrete sandbag plinth. Accommodation Nissen Hut Interpretation Board. The Nissen Hut would accommodate 18 men on double bunk wooden beds with straw a mattress and pillow set on each side of the hut. The hut was heated by a coke stove, all very basic and very cold in January to May 1944 when the Desert Rats occupied the camp. Cookhouse & Medical Room Interpretation Board. Each regiment in the British Army had a doctor who operated as a GP when in camp, but used an armoured halftrack close to the front line when in action. This Interpretation Board describes the daily routine of a British soldier in 1944 The Naafi Interpretation Board. The photographs of the Naafi were taken during WWII. The picture of "Jane" as the soldiers pinup. The remaining photograph is of Conkey Harland as he was in 1944.
7th Armoured Division HQ Interpretation Board set on concrete sandbag plinth. Accommodation Nissen Hut Interpretation Board. The Nissen Hut would accommodate 18 men on double bunk wooden beds with straw a mattress and pillow set on each side of the hut. The hut was heated by a coke stove, all very basic and very cold in January to May 1944 when the Desert Rats occupied the camp. Cookhouse & Medical Room Interpretation Board. Each regiment in the British Army had a doctor who operated as a GP when in camp, but used an armoured  halftrack close to the front line when in action. This Interpretation Board describes the daily routine of a British soldier in 1944 The Naafi Interpretation Board. The photographs of the Naafi were taken during WWII. The picture of "Jane" as the soldiers pinup. The remaining photograph is of Conkey Harland as he was in 1944.

            

            

            

            

 

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